Sunday, June 5, 2011

IceHogs Year in Review: Kyle Hagel

                       Position: Left Wing               Shoots: Left
                       Height: 6'0"                         Birthday: January 21, 1985
                       Weight: 205                        Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario

2010-11 Stats
GP   G   A   PTS   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   SOG   S%
77    5   8     13    -11    245      0       0       75     6.7

When it comes to Kyle Hagel, there's no better team guy in the world. He'd do anything to help his team out. Off the ice, he's one of the absolute nicest guys. He's very involved in the community as well. He's a part of Hockey Players for Kids, or HP4K, and he set up a reading program called "Stick to Reading" at Kishwaukee Elementary School in January. He was also named the Hogs' Man of the Year and the team's Unsung Hero during the Hogs' Team Awards on April 9th.

On the ice, the former Princeton Tiger is a fearless competitor. He was used a lot this year as a penalty killer and was very effective. He also finished every check and wasn't afraid to dig in the corners for pucks. He provided the team with a lot of grit.

To say Hagel wasn't afraid to drop the gloves is an understatement. Hagel was the team's penalty minute leader-fifth overall in the AHL- and he was tied for the lead in the AHL with 31 fighting majors with Devin DiDiomete of the Connecticut Whale. During most of his fights, Hagel fought guys that were bigger than him, and he won 99% of his bouts. Some of his most memorable fights were against Adam Huxley of the Chicago Wolves. Both guys would just drop absolute bombs on each other continuously. It also seemed like every time the I-90 rivals met, the fans in either the MetroCentre or the Allstate Arena could count on a Hagel-Huxley go-around.

Unfortunately for the Hogs, Hagel signed a two way contract with the St. Louis Blues on May 9th, so he won't be back next season. Hopefully he'll have a shot to stick with the Blues all year next year because there isn't a more deserving guy to be in the NHL than Hagel. 

Hagel in a game on November 27th against the Peoria Rivermen.

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